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Premarital Agreements (PMA):  Not well understood and much maligned.  Persons contemplating marriage are well advised to seek to resolve by agreement certain issues presented by the forthcoming marriage.  The purpose of a PMA is not necessarily to…
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No……………..the North Carolina Statute concerning Equitable Distribution  does not allow the prevailing party to “tax” the other party for their attorney’s  fees and costs.  However, if the other party…
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What is Parental Alienation?

I hear people accuse the other party of this all the time.”  He or she is alienating my kids from me”. I usually calmly look at my client  and say, “ok, tell me how”?  Most of the time what I hear is, “I called the ki…
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The North Carolina court system allows certain citations to be paid on line.  It advertises: If you don’t have to appear in court for your citation, save time, pay online. Can an individual pay a waivable citation online?  Yes, but should you…
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October Is Domestic Violence Awareness Month- What Is Domestic Violence?

While reviewing the North Carolina General Statute 50B-1 which defines domestic violence, it occurred to me the definition is not the clearest. Let’s take a minute to look more closely at the domestic violence statute (N.C.G.S. 50B-1). First domest…
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10 Ways To Manage The Cost of Divorce

1- Be realistic. This is the easiest and most important thing you can do. Tell your attorney what your goals and concerns are. Then ask him/her to give you an honest and objective assessment of how realistic the goals are, and what are likely and rea…
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Ignition Interlock Device (IID)- Will I be requiured to have one?

An Ignition Interlock Device, sometimes called an IID, can be ordered in cases where a driver was convicted of driving while impaired and had blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.15 or higher.  Offenses such as the operation of a commercial vehicle; s…
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Simple Separation and Property Settlement Agreement Myth

If you have been told that there are such things as simple Separation and Property Settlement Agreements, then you have been misled.  I ask you, was your marriage simple?  Well if you believe untangling the legal consequences of a marriage are simp…
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The Power In A Power Of Attorney

Often overlooked in estate planning is the Durable Power of Attorney, which is perhaps better understood as a “Business Power of Attorney.”  It is a relatively simple document and usually much less expensive than a will but can have enor…
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I want to get on with my life! What exactly is an expunction?

An expunction is an order entered by the Court which removes all information from a criminal record. The effect of an expunction is simple; the criminal record/event that is connected to your name no longer exists.  You are allowed, even under oath,…
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